Market Statistics - January 2020


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We hope that everyone had an enjoyable January even though we had so little in the way of sunshine all month. Now that Punxsutawney Phil has forecast an early Spring, we can all rest easy that we don't have much more snow shoveling left to do. :^)

January was a bit of a let down over the busy month of December for Real Estate in the Lower Mainland but it has to be accepted that the weather was horrendous. For Greater Vancouver, sales were 42.4 percent higher and the Fraser Valley was 24.2 percent higher than January of last year. The Vancouver Island Board saw a marked decrease in sales over last January: housing sales were down 16%, townhouses were down 18%, and apartments were down only 3%. 

From the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board's January Statistics:

"The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 1,571 in January 2020, a 42.4 per cent increase from the 1,103 sales recorded in January 2019, and a 22.1 per cent decrease from the 2,016 homes sold in December 2019.

Last month’s sales were 7.3 per cent below the 10-year January sales average.

“We've begun 2020 with steady home buyer demand that tracks close to the region's long-term average,” Ashley Smith, REBGV president said. “Looking at supply, we’re seeing fewer homes listed for sale than is typical for this time of year. As we approach the traditionally more active spring market, we’ll keep a close eye on supply to see if the number of homes being listed is keeping pace with demand.”

From the Fraser Valley Board's January Statistics:

"The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 974 sales of all property types on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in January, a 21.9 per cent decrease compared to sales in December 2019, and a 24.2 per cent increase compared to the 784 sales in January of last year.

Of the 974 total MLS® sales of residential and commercial combined in the Fraser Valley, 363 were single family detached homes, 241 were townhouses, and 248 were apartments.

“Considering our record-shattering snow and cold, the pace of home sales remained surprisingly balanced in January,” said Darin Germyn, President of the Board. “Sales in our region have steadily improved since July of last year and January’s numbers remained consistent with that trend.”

From the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board's January Statistics:

"Last month, 174 single-family homes sold on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System compared to 235 in December and 208 one year ago. Apartment sales in January decreased by three per cent year over year, while the number of townhouses sold dropped by 18 per cent from one year ago.

Inventory of single-family homes last month rose slightly from one year ago (981 to 992) and increased by six per cent from December 2019. Active listings of apartments rose by three per cent (299 to 309) year over year, while townhouse inventory dropped by 24 per cent (165 to 125)."

The Stats Centre Reports for the REBGV for January will be available by the 6 to 8th of the month on our website at this link under "BLOG AND STATS" once the Board creates them. The Stats Centre Reports are automatically updated on our website as they become available. LINK

Here are the full statistic packages for Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley (which includes Surrey, North Surrey, South Surrey/White Rock, Cloverdale, Delta, Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and Mission), and Vancouver Island (which includes Campbell River, Comox, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville/Qualicum, and Port Alberni.) 

Below is a link to a graph showing the rise in prices in the Lower Mainland just for resale properties (no new homes) over the last year. This link is live so it will update when the new statistics come in each month. LINK to live graph

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